This pesto flatbread pizza is the perfect busy weekday meal! It can be on the table in under 20 minutes with minimal effort and ingredients.
At the end of the week when I'm running low on energy and groceries, I always turn to good ol' pizza to save me. Takeout pizza is awesome, but if you are looking for a fun and easy activity to do with your child (that also happens to be delicious), try making it at home!
Your child won't eat anything green? Has a difficult time with chicken (or any meat)? Will only eat carbs? This pesto flatbread pizza just may be the answer!
And here's how to make ANY flatbread or naan pizza!
Now, if you want to try making pizza dough at home, you MUST try this super easy 2 ingredient dough protein pizza! You can turn it into regular or mini pizzas.
- Flatbread or naan bread - there are some good recipes out there but I like to get a little help from the store, especially since this meal is meant to be quick and easy.
- Chicken - Cook a big batch to enjoy throughout the week, like in this flatbread pizza!
- Mozzarella - Highly recommend using fresh mozzarella (like for this one pot cabbage lasagna) for the best texture and flavor. You can use shredded if you prefer. But be sure to add a good layer of it to prevent it from drying out upon baking.
- Pesto - you can use store-bought or homemade.
How to cook chicken perfectly!
- Preheat oven to 425° Fahrenheit. Place flatbread directly onto baking sheet or line with parchment paper or baking mat. Spread an even layer of pesto.
- Add cheese then chicken and tomatoes.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes. That's it!
Frequently Asked Questions
There are some great store-bought pesto out there so if you are pressed for time or in need of a break, never hesitate to take all the shortcuts you need!
But if you are looking for some easy and healthy homemade pesto recipes, try this zucchini pesto (which is what I used here), broccoli white bean pesto, or even beetroot pesto!
You can add cooked tofu or beans!
Feel free to use any of your favorite vegan cheese.
How to serve to babies
Serve the pizza deconstructed to make it safer and easier to eat.
Spread some pesto on toasted bread. As for the chicken, finely chop, shred, cut into big strips or bite sized pieces, depending on your baby's age.
For the mozzarella, slicing into thin rounds will minimize the risk of choking. Hold off on offering cherry tomatoes until 9 months of age. This is because they are cherry tomatoes and you MUST quarter them to minimize the risk.
Quartered or small pieces of food require a pincer grasp which doesn't develop until around 9 months of age (maybe 8 months for some).
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How to serve to toddlers and kids
This is such a great way to get your child involved in the cooking process. Have them spread the pesto and top with the rest of the ingredients. They are more likely to eat what they make.
If your child is learning to accept mixed foods, serve this deconstructed along with a small piece of cooked flatbread pizza for exposure.
For more examples, check out these EASY toddler lunch and dinner ideas.
How to freeze flatbread pizza
While you have all the ingredients out, go ahead and make extra to freeze for a quick, effortless meal down the road!
First assemble however many pizzas you want to make. Place on a sheet pan and freeze for 30-45 minutes, or until frozen solid. Transfer to a freezer-safe bag.
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Chicken pesto flatbread pizza
- 1 flatbread crust
- ¼ cup pesto, store-bought or homemade
- 1 cup diced chicken
- cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
- 2 ouncecs fresh mozzarella cheese , sliced
- Preheat oven to 425° Fahrenheit.
- Place flatbread on a sheet pan and spread pesto on top.
- Top with mozzarella, tomatoes, and chicken.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the crust is crispy and cheese is melted.
Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats says
haha.. yeah for naan pizzas, glad I could inspire you! Chicken Pesto Pizza is one of my favorites, love the fresh mozzarella and tomato addition!
Julie @ Lovely Little Kitchen says
What a perfect, quick and easy weeknight meal idea. My boys would love this and so would I!
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ellie @ fit for the soul says
Mmmmm I love naan!!! And great idea on making it into pizza. Definitely saves so much time too, and although I do love pesto on pizza and pretty much everything on this planet, nothing beats the red stuff. 😀
Nami | Just One Cookbook says
Thanks for the wonderful idea to use naan for a quick pizza! I usually keep a frozen naan (I know, it's better to use fresh naan or even homemade) for emergency snack for my kids, and this is just perfect! I haven't made naan pizzas and I really like the idea. We love pesto for everything, so this actually works perfectly! Glad I stopped by. I can't wait to test it out in my kitchen!
Lokness @ The Missing Lokness says
This sounds fantastic! I love the idea of naan pizza. Gotta try it! Pinning! Btw, very nice blog. I am so glad to find it! 🙂
Kari @ bite-sized thoughts says
Isn't it funny how presentation and serving size can make such a difference?! I have actually never had naan bread pizza but I think I need to rectify that now - and perhaps branch out to pesto while I'm at it 🙂
Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says
Oh, yeah! Naan pizza's are the best. I'll take pizza with pesto any day. In fact, I have a bunch of basil growing in my garden right now so this would be perfect!
Matt Robinson says
What an amazing pizza, love this!
Kenan | Kitchen 1204 says
My hubby and I love pesto pizza!! I've never tried it with walnuts, so we'll definitely have to add that to the rotation 🙂
One of my high school chemistry teachers loved to say "indubitably"... I need to add that to the rotation, too!
EA-The Spicy RD says
Currently craving on a gluten free crust!!! We actually have pesto tomato pizza on our meal plan line up, but I love your idea to add the chicken. My daughter really loves pesto pizza (me too), and I'm wishing I had a big 'old slice of this right now!
I'm def enjoying pesto pizza more and more over time. Yes, the addition of chicken is highly recommended ;). Wish I could give you a slice! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!